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Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1966-09-16




Set 1

I Know You Rider
It Hurts Me Too
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Lindy
Dancin' In The Street

Encore
Midnight Hour


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date September 16, 1966
Venue Avalon Ballroom
Location San Francisco, CA

Source SBD>MR>?>LP
Lineage LP>WAV>WAV>FLAC (Lyra Helikon phono cartridge, Linn LP12/Lingo turntable, Linn Ittok tonearm, Audioquest LeoPard tonearm cable, PS Audio PS2 preamplifier, Kimber PBJ interconnect, M-Audio Audiophile USB A/D converter)
Transferred by Davenport


Notes

Audacity 1.3.3-beta was used to make WAV files.
ClickRepair 2.1.1 was used to remove clicks at its lowest settings (Declick 1, Wavelet method, Decrackle off).
Trader's Little Helper 1.1.1 was used to make level 6 FLAC files

This is a new rip of the "semi-legal" bootleg LPs "Vintage Dead" and "Historic Dead", using high-quality analog equipment. I haven't listened to the other circulating versions, but this should be a substantial improvement assuming they were made with average analog equipment.

These recordings are commonly said to come from Avalon Ballroom 9-16-66 except the last two tracks, which I have seen attributed to The Matrix 11-29-66, though I haven't confirmed that myself. The sound quality of those two tracks is noticeably different. According to set lists for 9-16-66, tracks 06 and 07 were played between tracks 03 and 04, and track 05 was an encore. I have left the tracks in the LP order because crowd noise was inserted between the tracks of side one of Vintage Dead, so reordering the tracks would create an obvious break.

Reviews

Reviewer: pfr_77 - - August 2, 2014
Subject: Wow.
I made an account just to say this. These are some of my favorite performances, and Primal Dead is SO overlooked by almost everyone it seems, and I went in with a derisive attitude after reading the "substantial improvement" bit because it seemed too cool to be true... There is no way I could have expected *that*.

This upgrade is excellent.
So I'll say it again. Wow.
And thank you.
Reviewer: BawstonStrangler - - June 2, 2012
Subject: Sweeter than Wine
After re-listening to both this & the High DL version thru headphones, this one is superior...More crisp. I think it has to do w more treble. Show rocks!
Reviewer: whatnogravy - - May 12, 2010
Subject: History of the Dead Volume 2
I also heard most of these cuts on an album by that name in the mid-'70's. A friend of mine had it. Knowing him, he probably still does.
It must have been a cut-out, because it wasn't a bootleg. Now if I could just figure out how to download it...........
Reviewer: SkyDawg - - December 18, 2009
Subject: Cut Outs
I bought both of these albums as "cut-outs' in 1971 a year or so after they were released. A "cut-out" is a record that did not sell very well and they used to cut the top corner of the record cover off and sell it at a discount.

These recordings are the early Grateful Dead at their tightest, recorded live before they had a recording contract and were probably used as demo recordings early on. Thanks for putting these two albums, "Vintage Dead" and "Historic Dead" together. This is essential listening for 1966 Grateful Dead music. You can hear the early magic here.
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